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Office of Field Placement and Licensure

Restricted Licensure Program

The purpose of the Emporia State University Restricted License Program is to serve as an alternative for career-changers who select middle/secondary grades in teaching, school counselor, or library media specialist as a career after completing a degree in a field other than education. It is intended to address teacher shortages and make licensure more accessible. An individual will be able to complete teacher licensure requirements while employed as a teacher.

This performance-based program is built upon the following premises that also provide the infrastructure of ESU's nationally accredited teacher education program:

  • Teacher education programs should be comprised of collaborative efforts with the university in cooperation among public schools, school boards, parents, and professional organizations.
  • Education programs should evolve from the integration of a discipline-specific and a professional education curriculum.
  • Education programs should provide direct experiences with learners through field-based, clinical practice and an extended internship placement.
  • Teacher education programs should prepare educators to exhibit the knowledge, skills, and disposition of the professional educator.